Postal Code: CT3 1BB
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The distinctive needle spire of St Mary's Church can be seen for miles; it used to be bright green with verdigris, but the new copper applied in the restoration of a few years ago is still a sober brown. The tower it crowns is 14th century, and dates from soon after the building's origins as a collegiate church. The chancel is very large; the nave is divided from the north aisle by a row of huge wooden pillars (five chestnuts and one oak) placed there 400 years ago during an early restoration. The north chapel, which houses a handsome 17th century memorial to the Palmer family, has been blocked by the organ, and partially remodelled as a vestry. In order to reach the organ bench the organist must remove his or her shoes and climb over the backs of the choir stalls. The south chapel contains a massive memorial to the Oxenden family, and several elegant mural monuments. The large churchyard has many old gravemarkers; a memorial garden on the north boundary wall is still in use.
(Text by Sheilia W.)